Prep volleyball: Lincoln wins regional championship

Prep volleyball: Lincoln wins regional championship

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Prep volleyball: Lincoln wins regional championship

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No. 11-seeded Cedarburg may have earned an upset win over No. 6 Sheboygan South on Thursday to advance to take on No. 3 Manitowoc Lincoln in the WIAA Division 1 State Girls Volleyball Tournament, but the Ships weren’t about to let another upset happen on Saturday night.

After dropping Game 1 25-18, Lincoln won the next three games by scores of 25-12, 25-16 and 25-19 to dominate the rest of the way and win the regional championship 3-1.

“We started off a little slow. We knew even though (Cedarburg) had an 11 seed that they beat Sheboygan (South). We knew they were strong, we knew they were big,” Lincoln coach Mary Beth Dixon said. “I think we were a little shell shocked to start off with and that might have been part of the problem as to why we didn’t move as well (in Game 1).”

The Fox River Classic Conference champion Lincoln gained its first lead of the night in Game 2 as it got the 1-0 advantage and never looked back. In Game 3, Lincoln started off hot once again, gaining a 5-0 advantage and forcing Cedarburg to call a timeout to regroup. From there it was still all the Ships as it went on to win the game in dominating fashion.

“I think we started to come along in the first game and we saw we could play with them, we just needed to execute and make things happen,” Dixon said. “We knew we needed to pass, we needed to block, things we have been working on all year long.”

In the deciding Game 4, Lincoln once again opened to a 5-0 lead and never looked back.

“We have been (behind 1-0) before, so I just told (my teammates) to keep their heads up and just forget about it. It wasn’t a good mental state (early) but we got our butts going after that,” Lincoln’s only senior player, Katherine Wolowicz, said. “I’m really happy with how we played. There were times we let (Cedarburg) back in, but I think overall we played well as a team. There was no one person and it all worked out.”

Wolowicz had double-double as she recorded 11 kills and 11 digs while teammate Alyssa Fischer also had a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs. Lincoln was led in blocks by Meg Wolowicz’s seven while she added 11 kills and teammate Mallory Dixon had a team-high 43 assists, 15 digs, 15 service points to go along with her pair of aces. Also for the Ships, Britney Youngchild had 15 digs and 17 service receives and Alyssa Grotegut had nine blocks.

With the win, Lincoln advances to the sectional semifinals to take on No. 2 seed West Bend East on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Oshkosh West High School.

“We are very young so this is very exciting,” coach Dixon said. “To have the conference championship, and now to move on from regionals, none of those happened last year, so these kids really wanted it.”

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